Because Bayer uses a warning typical of most oral contraceptives with respect to blood clot complications, the prescribing doctors may be lulled into a false sense of security when prescribing YAZ®/Yasmin®
Cleveland, Ohio (PRWEB) August 12, 2009
The widely-used oral contraceptive YAZ® (alternatively named Yasmin® ) has recently been targeted by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a drug that is both dangerous and less effective than advertised. FDA reports reveal consumers of YAZ®/Yasmin® have been known to suffer debilitating injuries, such as deep vein thrombosis (DVT), stroke, heart attack, and pulmonary embolism - and have even died. The Ohio Law Firm of Spangenberg, Shibley & Liber LLP is alerting those who have experienced any YAZ®/Yasmin® side effects and resulting injuries to know their rights and encourages injured parties to reach out to them for a free legal consultation available nationwide.
In a 2009 FDA Warning Letter on YAZ®/Yasmin® the FDA has called for the manufacturer of YAZ®/Yasmin®, Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals, to run advertisements explaining how it overstated the benefits of the birth control pill and to provide adequate warning of the drug's risks. As a result, physicians prescribing the YAZ®/Yasmin® pill may not be fully aware of the potential threat to patient health.
In a letter admonishing Bayer about its advertising, the FDA notes that the side effects of YAZ®/Yasmin® are more dangerous than those of other oral contraceptives in part because the drug contains drospirenone, a progestin that can elevate potassium levels in the blood. YAZ®/Yasmin® and its recently approved generic version is the only approved oral contraceptive to contain drospirenone. According to the FDA, drospirenone poses a problem to the body by increasing potassium levels, which in turn may create the metabolic condition known as hyperkalemia. One such consequence is cardiac arrhythmia, a disturbance of the flow of blood through the heart, which can lead to the formation of blood clots. "Because Bayer uses a warning typical of most oral contraceptives with respect to blood clot complications, the prescribing doctors may be lulled into a false sense of security when prescribing YAZ®/Yasmin®" says Spangenberg lawyer, Stuart E. Scott. "Our concern is that this very popular drug is being prescribed by doctors who believe it carries the same risk for blood clot complications as earlier generation oral contraceptives when the situation may be that YAZ®/Yasmin® has a much higher risk for serious blood clot complications while being no more effective in preventing pregnancy."
Anyone currently using YAZ®/Yasmin® should consult a physician if she notices abnormal heartbeats or pain with swelling in her legs - a sign of possible blood clot formation. Treatment for blood clots may require the use of anticoagulation medications (blood thinners) such as Coumadin® to prevent formation of further dangerous blood clots. Patients suspecting that their health has been damaged because of inadequate warnings about the side effects of YAZ®/Yasmin® may seek advice about their legal rights to obtain fair compensation for their injury.
For YAZ®/Yasmin® Side Effects Lawsuit Questions Contact Spangenberg, Shibley & Liber LLP.
Consumers who have suffered an injury while taking YAZ®/Yasmin®, can contact Spangenberg, Shibley & Liber LLP, one of the top personal injury law firms that manage cases of dangerous drugs, wrongful death, medical malpractice, nursing home negligence and injuries to individuals and classes of consumers involving defective drugs, medical devices and other consumer products. This Ohio law firm also manages business disputes and prosecutes insurance claims on behalf of businesses and individuals.
For more than sixty-five years, the Spangenberg attorneys have devoted themselves to representing injured persons and aggrieved businesses. Spangenberg, Shibley & Liber LLP is headquartered at 1001 Lakeside Ave East, Suite 1700, Cleveland, Ohio 44114. For more information, visit spanglaw.com.
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